|Cast: Scarlett Johansson,
Director(s): Woody Allen
Genre: Crime / Gangster
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Although this got some pretty terrible reviews, we liked it a lot. We laughed quite a bit and the story was amusing as well.
And that Scarlett Johansson, what a babe!
It pains me to say it, and I'm probably the last to say it, but it's high time Woody Allen stayed behind the camera and not in front of it.
I love his nervous/paranoid/hypochondriac shtick as much as the next guy, but here it seems age is finally taking its toll and he comes off like he's not acting, just being befuddled and mumbly. Either that, or he needs a better comic foil to bounce his banter off of than Scarlett Johansson, who is really not all that great an actress. She was better suited in Allen's 'Match Point', but she needs to hone her comedic skills if she's to continue in this vein.
Hugh Jackman does what he must, nothing more. Granted, Allen's had more misses than hits in the later part of his career, and this script ranks near the bottom for me.
Yes, it has some good one-liners thrown around here and there - I liked the initial idea of Ian McShane's character briefly escaping Death by jumping off the boat into the Styx river and reappearing from beyond the grave at awkward moments to speak to Johansson - but Allen can do MUCH better than using the hackneyed old story of a Jack The Ripper-esque killer with him and Johansson trying to solve the case.
I still think Allen could churn out a few more good films if he goes back to NY and kicks it old school. If it ain't broke....
But hey, Johansson in a bathing suit! Nothing wrong with that!
Couldn't agree more with Derek and less with MItch. Anat & I just watched this and it over exceeded our expectations. We laughed quite a bit. I found Woody as funny as ever (with his usual shtick). Story was pretty good (especially compared to some of hie more recent stuff). I also think that Scarlet J. is a very talented actor and did a tremendous job keeping up with Woody. Anat stayed awake for the whole thing which is saying alot.
"These pretzels are making me thirsty"
Deril, have you watched 'Match Point'?
Worst Woody Allen movie ever.
The one star is for the aforemention Scarlet J in a bathing suit, and generally being babilicious, and for the few one-liners that made me laugh.
Otherwise, 96 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
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